Among the keynote speakers were Prof James Taylor from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia who spoke on ‘Sustainable Higher Education Learning Futures’; Prof Asha Kanwar of the Commonwealth of Learning, Canada on ‘Towards Sustainable OERs: A Perspective from the Global South’; Prof Cathleen Norris, University of North Texas, and Prof Elliot Soloway, University of Michigan, USA on ‘Educating the Mobile Generation: It is Inevitable that Cellphone Computers will be Used in Education’; and Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Anuwar Ali of OUM on ‘Teaching Learning Framework through the Power of Innovation’.
Invited speakers Prof Paul Kim of Stanford University, USA and Prof Jan Herrington of Murdoch University, Australia shared how mobile technology can be used to facilitate independent learning while Andrew Mitchell, representing Google, introduced the latest cloud computing concepts using Google apps.
WOU contributed actively towards the successful organisation of the event. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Wong Tat Meng served in the organising committee, while School of Science and Technology (SST) senior lecturer Ishan Abeywardena and School of Business and Administration (SBA) lecturer Deehbanjli Lakshmayya sat in the secretariat committee. SST dean Prof Tham Choy Yoong established new contacts for future collaboration with the global ODL community, and four ITS staff – Brian Goh, Zamakhshari Gany Abbasgany, Tang Chong Ling and Khor Kok Yeow – provided technical support to the participants.